Absolutely. And they should be.
Braves and Nationals are both better teams, and it's not really close.
It was never about 2013 and it shouldn't be now.
Mets are contenders in July: lol lol lol lol lol
Much worse how? Sure Dickey is gone but up until July last year we consistently won games in between Dickey starts. So that shouldn't be a huge problem. Young Guys still learning who had borderline years (Davis, Murphy, tejada etc.) Will logically do better (especially in Davis case). We upgraded in the catcher position and for all we know healthy Marcum, Santana, and maybe even Wheeler make a huge difference.
Now I pose the question again, is it really that impossible?
I don't understand some of you negative guys. You hate the Mets that much get off the boards and throw on a dang yanks hat.
I would think that the Mets still need to be sellers at the deadline regardless. I mean, if they have a 10 game lead then that might be another story, but that isn't a realistic possibility at this point.
If they have been competitive in the first half and are a few game out, then I still think I'd opt to sell.
If Johan is having a good first half like he did last year, then you really should cash out on him. You might be able to get a top tier outfield prospect who can be good for us for 5-10 years. Maybe not a Myers, but maybe an Eaton+ type.
And with Marcum, well, he's coming back from injuries, but is younger than Johan, and has had a solid career, so I'd think that if he has a good half, we could land a good lower 2nd tier type kid(s) for him.
I don't think we can get caught up in trying to take fool's gold to the market this year - meaning buying into a team on the fringes of the race, only to be exposed later.
I think you have to look at not only at the number of games back you are, but how the team is playing for the weeks leading into the deadline, and what type of holes you have who's bandaids might fall off in the 2nd half, and what the teams around you with more capable talent can do as the year goes on.
~~~ With the addition of Marcum we suddenly have more trade when paired with the ever looming possibility Santana can revert back to ace form. If both these guys have revitalized years and we're legitimately contending. do we still look to trade them for prospects, stand pay, or suddenly become buyers? ~~~
GREAT question!!! I've been contemplating this all off-season, just for kicks. If the Mets were to somehow be in a pennant race by the All-Star Break, do we continue on this "rebuilding/retooling" road or become buyers? I remember some years ago, the Blue Jays had the same dilemma. They were in a rebuilding stage, and had a 4-5 year plan or something like that. Then all of a sudden, they find themselves in a pennant race. The fans were screaming at them to be buyers and find players to help them for a playoff push, but the front office refused, keeping firm with their rebuilding stage.
At that time, I agreed with their front office. I can't remember who was on that team, but obviously their rebuilding didn't work. But still, I would hate to be in a pennant race, become buyers and trade some or our prospects, because THAT'S what the other teams will be asking for, and come up short. Then we'll be back to square one.
I say, trade Johan if possible, but in a pennant race, keep him unless he's doing great and we get an offer we can't refuse. I would like to keep Marcum long term. I've always liked him, and think he can really help out. There are worse problems to have then having too many good pitchers. Worse come to worst, he can be a solid long man in the bullpen.